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Monday, November 26, 2012


Hey Kids, we are busy working on our Top 15 albums of 2012 list. It’s been a great year for music and we are excited to share our findings. Our list (in 3 parts) goes online next week. see you then!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Beck at work on new Album

Beck has kept busy with his upcoming sheet music album Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, but that’s not all he has on deck. In an interview with triple j radio, he revealed that he’s working on a new album, which he started recording back in 2008 (via Consequence of Sound).

The record will be released in “a standard format.” He continued:

“I started a record, largely recorded in 2008, so I’m trying to carve out some time from all the production work I’m doing to finish those songs before they become records from a lost era. It’s going on a half decade at this point.”

Watch Big Boi and Kelly Rowland in the 80s Graphics-Heavy “Mama Told Me” Video

Big Boi’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors collaboration with Kelly Rowland, “Mama Told Me”, just got a music video, in which the pair dance and strut in front of some fittingly 80s moving visuals, and Kelly gives a blonde wig a go.


Hip hop is slowly, but surely getting back on its feet. There’s Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, and of course, those Odd Future misfits to keep it entertaining, while pushing the music forward. However, nothing will compare to the warm samples and off-kilter rhythms of J Dilla. Thankfully, Delicous Vinyl will be releasing new unreleased material dubbed The Lost Scrolls by J Dilla Music Catalogue Curator Frank Nitt. Via Official J Dilla:

“Dilla was my closest childhood friend,” says Frank Nitt. “I went with him out to L.A. that first time in 1996. I met [Delicious Vinyl founder] Mike Ross then and saw he was giving Dilla the opportunity to gethis beats out. Fast forward thirteen years, after Dilla passed, Illa J makes Yancey Boys, and again I go out to L.A. to help with promotion. Mike Ross asked to hear what I was doing, and Delicious Vinyl wound up releasing my Jewels In My Backpack EP. So Delicious Vinyl goes back with Dilla to the beginning, and has always been part of furthering his legacy properly. We’re doing doing this with Delicious Vinyl with the total approval of [Dilla’s mother] Ma Dukes, who’s known and trusted Mike from way back.”

Check out Part 1 of Stussy’s documentary on J Dilla below.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jack White’s Novelties Lounge Opens On Black Friday

Third Man Records is having a Grand Opening of their new Novelties Lounge on Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event this year. Here’s a little video (that is quite funny) that explains just what the Novelties Lounge is and what it contains (the world’s only Scopitone machine loaded with modern music! custom Mold-a-Rama machine! Dip n’ Dunk full color Third Man Records Photo Booth!):

Also shown in the video is perhaps the only keyhole peek-a-boo tease single…featuring the world’s oldest burlesque dancer Tempest Storm making her TMR debut with the Tempest Storm Green Series (TMR 129) single. The single really needs to be seen to be believed!

And in celebration of Black Friday, Third Man will be releasing 100 Tri Color 45s of Jack White’s “I’m Shakin” single, plus a trio of singles from The White Stripes including Dead Leaves Ant The Dirty Ground b/w Stop Breaking Down (TMR 170), Hotel Yorba b/w Rated X (TMR 168) and Fell In Love With A Girl b/w I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (TMR 169).


Wayne Coyne is known for his wacky antics, but this is definitely one of those moments where you can safely say that Coyne has stepped his game up. The Flaming Lips frontman brought a grenade to the Will Rogers Airport in OKC and subsequently shut the place down. Wayne was on his way to La Jolla, CA to catch the musical adaptation of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots when airport security found the little party favor in Coyne’s luggage and no, the grenade was not live. Unfortunately, many people missed their flights and had to shell out more money for new plane tickets, so Coyne tweeted this apology. Via The Lost Ogle:

Sorry Sorry Sorry!! Everyone that was inconvenienced because of my grenade at OKC airport!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tame Impala: Lonerism (Album Review)

A magazine recently canvassed the opinions of Tame Impala’s Australian mastermind Kevin Parker on the differences between his second album Lonerism and its predecessor, Innerspeaker. On the face of it a straightforward query, but Parker required three goes at the answer, a state of affairs that led the journalist to compare him with Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap. First he suggested Lonerism contained “melodies that beam at you rather than wash over you”. Then he reconsidered, suggesting instead that its songs were “more like an explosion rather than a wave”. And then he decided the new songs were quite like a wave after all: “Like waves that hit you rather than you swimming in an ocean of melody,” he offered, adding a hopeful “know what I mean?”

This is all in keeping with the image of Parker as a kind of heavy-lidded auteur, a man who sings and plays every note on Tame Impala’s records in his Perth bedroom and spent a significant proportion of his debut album bemoaning the deleterious effects of his drug intake on his personal life. “I wanted her, but she doesn’t like the life I lead,” he wailed, “sitting around smoking weed.” That he might cure his romantic agony at a stroke by spending a little less time sitting around smoking weed had apparently not occurred to him, but that’s the logic of the committed stoner for you.

But, as Nigel Tufnell once opined, there’s a very fine line between stupid and clever. And for all Parker seems to enjoy playing the pothead pixie – the YouTube trailer for Lonerism consists of live footage intercut with Parker going “errrm” and “what was I going to say?” – Tame Impala’s albums seem very clever indeed. Psychedelia’s ongoing appeal to musicians is understandable – there’s something seductive about the restless pioneering spirit of rock music in 1966/67 – but to the latterday artist it’s less a genre than a conundrum. It’s supposed to be transcendent, innovative, unbound, futuristic. Equally, it’s a genre that’s become codified, sonically defined by noises that were the cutting-edge in technology and taste 45 years ago: tapes played backwards and out of phase, wah pedals, Eastern-influenced drones, the reedy tones of the Farfisa Compact organ. If you’re minded to make more than a pastiche, to do something other than rearrange a load of cliches, you’re going to have to find a way of reconciling its sound with its forward-thinking ethos. Not an easy job, but like its predecessor, Lonerism pulls it off.

It certainly contains a lot of what you might call psychedelic psignifiers. The drums are usually a fidgety take on the Tomorrow Never Knows tumble; Keep on Lying ends with some mournful organ that sounds exactly like something Richard Wright might have played on the first Pink Floyd album; Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Can Control and Mind Mischief are bathed in phasing effects, their sound panning from speaker to speaker. Moreover, it displays an innate understanding of psychedelia, not least in its balance between the beatific and the bleak: from White Rabbit to Arnold Layne to A Day in the Life, the best psych records were always more gritty and troubled than the popular cartoon of the serene peace-sign-flashing flower child suggested. Here, Gotta Be Above It seems to be a musical depiction of an on stage panic attack, with its whispering voice, jumpy drums and ominous electronics. Meanwhile the melody of Why Won’t They Talk to Me? is as beautiful and its echo-laden sound as spacey as the song’s tone is dark: as is perhaps inevitable if you make your albums alone in one of the most remote cities in the world, Parker seems to have a lot to say about isolation and loneliness, and he says it rather more eloquently than his public image might suggest. But Lonerism never really sounds retro, slathered as it is with electronics. Virtually every instrument is caked in distortion, but not the warm, familiar fuzz of an overdriven amplifier. It feels digital, alien, the sound of modern machines going wrong.

All this is underpinned by genuinely great songwriting. People tend to describe Parker’s melodies as Lennonesque, which in the era of Beady Eye sounds an oddly backhanded compliment, like shorthand for saying he’s not trying at all. But the Lennon he evokes is the author of Happiness Is a Warm Gun and Julia, blessed with an innate pop sensibility, but always searching for the unforeseen chord, the unexpected melodic shift. Ultimately, on Elephant’s warped bovver-glam or the unsettling mix of piano ballad and ferociously noisy guitar soloing that is album closer Sun’s Coming Up, Tame Impala just sound like Tame Impala: delving into the past in order to drag it into the future. No wonder the man at the centre of it all has a hard time describing what he’s doing.

AC/DC’s Full Catalog Finally Coming To iTunes

AC/DC is finally releasing its music digitally on iTunes.

Columbia Records and Apple announced Monday that the classic rock band’s music will be available at the iTunes Store worldwide.

Sixteen studio albums will be released, including “High Voltage” and “Back in Black,” which is already in the Top 30 on iTunes’ top albums chart. Two of the group’s albums are also in the Top 100 and seven of the Australian band’s songs are in the Top 200.

AC/DC was one of the few acts that would not release music through the digital outlet. Two years ago Apple struck a deal with The Beatles’ record label, EMI Group, and management company, and began selling the group’s music. Kid Rock, who had also been against selling his music through the digital retailer, is releasing a new album, “Rebel Soul,” on Monday and it’s available on iTunes. Country star Garth Brooks, however, has yet to release his music on iTunes.

Four of AC/DC’s live albums and three compilation records are also available. The statement said the songs have been mastered for iTunes “with increased audio fidelity.”

The group’s first live album in 20 years, “Live at River Plate,” is out Tuesday.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dave Grohl has an excellent series of short videos of musicians talking about their first musical memories

Dave Grohl’s making his debut as a feature documentary director / producer with his film Sound City, and he’s been sharing short videos of musicians talking about their first musical memories. Here is the just released musical memory of Rob Turner from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Here are some other musical memories in case you missed them:
Tom Petty
Mick Fleetwood
Trent Reznor

And you can see tons more here (everyone from Josh Homme, Rick Rubin, Rick Springfield, Lars Ulrich, etc.).

To see the trailer of the Sound City movie that Dave Grohl is working on, go HERE

Christopher Owens, Formerly of Girls, Announces Tour

Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens, who recently made his solo debut in San Francisco, has announced a full tour, accompanied by a seven-piece band. He’ll play dates across North America through January in promotion of his forthcoming album Lysandre, which is out on January 15 in the U.S. and January 14 in the UK through Fat Possum/Turnstile.

Christopher Owens:
12-07 Lisbon, Portugal – Vodafone Mexefest
12-08 Paris, France – Gaite Lyrique
12-10-11 London, England – St Giles Church
01-15 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
01-16 Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag
01-18 Toronto, Ontario – The Mod Club
01-19 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Du Mile-End
01-21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
01-22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
01-25 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
01-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01-27 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
(via pitchfork)


The BBC celebrated its 90th anniversary by broadcasting a composition by Blur’s Damon Albarn called “2LO Calling.” (2LO was the name of the transmitter that broadcast the Beeb’s first signals back in 1922.) Via BBC:

2LO Calling began with the chimes of Big Ben and featured the first ever broadcast from the 2LO transmitter and the number one song at the time – Three O’Clock in the Morning.

The three-minute piece also featured messages from listeners around the world along with the sound of the blackbird and skylark, commentary from the Cameroon election and the ubiquitous BBC pips.

“There is a special musicality to some of the vocal messages, which I tried to preserve,” Albarn told the BBC earlier.

“Added to that, I got to do what I’ve always wanted – to play along with the pips.”

“2LO Calling” was broadcast simultaneously on all of the BBC‘s domestic and foreign radio stations, and had an estimated potential audience of 80 million listeners.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Video: Alabama Shakes Unplugged on ‘A Take Away Show’

We’ve seen Alabama Shakes bring the house down in full-band, electric form live and on their studio debut, Boys & Girls, but a stripped-down acoustic set from two members of the breakout group is a bit harder to come by. Enter la Blogothèque, one of the best producers of this type of fare, for which frontwoman Brittany Howard and guitarist Heath Fogg roamed the streets of Paris unplugged. Not surprisingly, they broke out one of the record’s more subdued cuts, the title track, before a brand new tune made its official debut for A Take Away Show cameras. Watch a moving take on the Shakes’ “Boys & Girls” above and preview their rollicking new one, “Makin’ Me Itch,” below:

Yo La Tengo Announce New Album, Tour

Yo La Tengo have announced details of their new studio album. Fade will be released on January 14 in the UK and January 15 in the U.S. via Matador. The follow-up to 2009’s Popular Songs was recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago. Check out the tracklist below, along with dates for the band’s 2013 tour. (This December, they’ll also continue their tradition of Hanukkah shows at the Hoboken club Maxwell’s.) The deluxe edition of the LP features a bonus 7″ containing covers of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light” and Times New Viking’s “Move to California”, while the deluxe digital version contains “an additional 11-minute bonus track, untitled as of this writing,” according to the Matablog.

01 Ohm
02 Is That Enough
03 Well You Better
04 Paddle Forward
05 Stupid Things
06 I’ll Be Around
07 Cornelia and Jane
08 Two Trains
09 The Point of It
10 Before We Run

Yo La Tengo:
12-8-15 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells (Hanukkah shows)
01-23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01-24 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson
01-25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead *
01-26 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
01-27 Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay
01-29 Louisville, KY – Brown *
01-31 St. Louis, MO – Pageant *
02-01 Chicago, IL – Vic
02-02 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
02-04 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02-05 Madison, WI – Barrymore
02-07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland
02-08 Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
02-09 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix
02-11 Montreal, Quebec – Corona
02-12 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02-13 Boston, MA – Paradise
02-15 Washington, DC – 9:30
02-16 New York, NY – Town Hall
03-01 Lisbon, Portugal – Aula Magna
03-02 Porto, Portugal – Casa Da Musica
03-06 Barcelona, Spain – Festival Millenni
03-08 Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
03-10 Milan, Italy – Limelight
03-11 Frankfurt, Germany – Mousontourm
03-12 Dusseldorf, Germany – Zakk
03-13 Berlin, Germany – Volksbuhne
03-16 Brussels, Belgium – AB
03-17 Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso
03-18 Paris, France – Le Bataclan
03-20 London, England – Barbican
03-21 Manchester, England – The Ritz
03-22 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
03-23 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
* with Calexico

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Watch Soundgarden On Letterman

Soundgarden release their reunion album King Animal today, and they celebrated release date eve by appearing on the Late Show With David Letterman, stomping their way through the single “Been Away Too Long.” On the show, they sounded and looked snarly and unkempt in a good way, like the forest-ape rock band that they were originally supposed to be. Watch the performance below.

Jeff Mangum Announces 2013 Tour Dates

Moving forth with his revived live show, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum has announced U.S. tour dates for January and February. (As mentioned, he’ll also play the Occupy Wall Street-affiliated Strike Debt telethon on November 15.) The 2013 tour is detailed at his website, which notes that a portion of proceeds from ticket sales and box sets will benefit Children of the Blue Sky. Dates will be supported by the Music Tapes, Tall Firs, and Briars of North America.

On his website, Mangum shared the following zany note:
hello friends in a flock of finches unfolding from the face of a foam horse on the phone to inform you that jeff is heading out for one last u.s. acoustic tour, giving him the chance to play to all the silver citizens dwelling in citys that he has yet to sing in.

Watch Jeff Mangum play “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” in 1998, after the dates.

01-09 Buffalo, NY – Ashbury Hall, Babeville *#
01-10 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall *#
01-11 Cleveland, OH – Ohio City Masonic Temple *#
01-12 Detroit, MI – Redford Theatre *#
01-14 Columbus, OH – Southern Theatre *#
01-15 Bloomington, IN – Bushkirk-Chumley *#
01-16 St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Concert Hall *
01-18 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall *
01-19 Oklahoma City, OK – ACM, UCO – Performance Lab *
01-20 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater *
01-21 Houston, TX – Cullen Theater, the Wortham Center *
01-23 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks *
01-24 Tallahassee, FL – The Moon *
01-25 Gainesville, FL – Florida Theater *
01-26 Orlando, FL – The Beacham *
01-28 Augusta, GA – Sky City *
01-29 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall *
01-30 Wilmington, NC – Brooklyn Arts Center, St. Andrews *
01-31 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre *
02-01 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre *
02-02 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle *
02-04 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *
02-05 Wilmington, DE – Dupont Theatre *
02-06 York, PA – Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center *
02-08 Hartford, CT – The Great Hall in Union Station *!
02-09 Portland, ME – State Theater *!
02-10 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *!
02-13 Ithaca, NY – State Theatre *!
02-14 Clinton, NY – Hamilton College Chapel *
02-15 Poughkeepsie, NY – Barvadon Opera House*!
02-16 North Adams, MA – MASS MoCA *!

* with Tall Firs
# with Briars of North America
! with the Music Tapes